DYNAMITE! #198, 12.09.08

November 14, 2010

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DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #198, 12.09.08
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+++ Having a blast every Friday +++ Dyna-mail race reports, news, views, and gossip to dynamite@londondynamo.co.uk +++ Have a peek at our pics -http://tinyurl.com/k34tf +++ Check out DYNAMITE! on the web -http://tinyurl.com/36xkay +++ WEEKEND WEATHER: Sat, sunny intervals, 21C max, wind NW 7mph; Sun, light rain, 20C max, wind NE 6mph +++
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WHERE THERE’S A WILL
+++ Hayter’s high ambition +++
A noted player on the world stage once remarked that “this is not a time for soundbites, but I feel the hand of history upon our shoulders” – and in a week when Lance Armstrong announced his shock comeback prior to the first protons being fired through the Large Hadron Collider, historically-minded WILL ‘SEE YA’ HAYTER has been making plans for an event that will prove to be even more out-of-this-world for London Dynamo than Big Tex and the Big Bang combined. Having spoken to the Surrey League for advice, the committee’s MTB man and his chum TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT have intimated that they are aiming to run the club’s first-ever hill climb championship, which is mooted to take place in mid-November at the same location as an already-established uphill gathering. This publication is throwing its considerable backing behind the duo’s grand plan in the hope that Dynamo’s bigwigs rubber-stamp the scheme – but, of course, a Dyna-momentous event has already been written in the club’s history book this week, so come with us now to the capital’s newest circuit for a champion ride. It’s time to go the whole Hog…

WHERE’S THAT GUY?
+++ Dynamo founding father absent for protégé’s victory +++
She’s done it, Dynamates! The 13th win of the season proved for to be lucky for CHARLIE ‘VICI’ BLACKMAN as her victory at rain-drenched Hog Hill provided the remaining points that she required to exit 1st cat while also earning her the title of women’s London criterium champion… http://tinyurl.com/5va3e2. The newly-upgraded elite got off to an inauspicious start on Saturday, with teammate CLAIRE ‘BILLY’ BEAUMONT having to pace her back to the bunch after she failed to clip in to her pedals. The race split on the second lap, and Charlington later dropped none other than national MTB champion Jenny Copnall before hurtling up the daunting hill for the last time to finish around half a minute ahead of the bunch. Sadly, her mentor and Dynamo founding father Guy Andrews didn’t get to witness his protégé’s triumph as he was scratching his bald pate while staring at a map in the pouring rain as he attempted to locate the newly-opened circuit. Even more annoyed than usual, the soaked-through Rouleur editor congratulated Charlie on his mobile before abandoning his trek to Ilford, Essex – and there was more confusion the following day at the much-anticipated London GP as the commissaires adjusted the length of 55-minute-plus-five-lap race. The crack Dynamo E/1/2 squad, which included PAUL ‘MONTY’ DELAHUNTY, subsequently had to settle for a bunch finish on the Embankment circuit after failing to notice they were on the bell lap. Poor old TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT crashed but is thankfully in one piece, and IAN ‘KING OF’ PAINE succumbed to a puncture with five laps to go – but at least STUART ‘EASY’ SPIES had his brief moment of glory off the front… http://tinyurl.com/5h2h2m. Just remember to look at the camera next time, pal!

TOO MUCH TO USK
+++ Simmonds narrowly misses out on second win +++
He’s back! After many weeks away from the racing scene, RICHARD ‘WIN ‘EM’ SIMMONDS made an impressive return, clocking 21:13 at the Cardiff 100 CC ’10’ to win the event in Resolven, Glamorgan, on Saturday. Staying in Wales, the cycling coach headed to Usk in Mommouthshire the next day for the Hirwaun Wheelers ’25’ on what is meant to be the fastest course of its distance in the UK. Rich reveals: “Even with a lousy crosswind, I did the first 10 miles in 19:18. But it went downhill from there – not literally, unfortunately – and I ended up with a 51:22.” Beaten into 2nd place… http://tinyurl.com/3j3qug …by just six seconds, Dynamates! Dynamo’s biggest perfectionist plans to return with JENNY J-LLOYD JONES and PAUL ‘CANNONBALL’ CALLINAN in a couple of weeks, so expect him to get his revenge!

BLACK OUT
The matter of fact has once again collided with the anti-matter of gossip, which means there’s just enough time to thank everyone who sent stuff in for this issue before we are sucked into a black hole of news. Always remember we are the mysterious Higgs boson, and we would certainly not exist were it not for you, our mighty atoms. So please keep Dyna-mailing your race reports, news and gossip to dynamite@londondynamo.co.uk. The deadline, as ever, is Wednesday afternoon for Friday’s edition. And now, as particles move between our world and unseen realms, it only remains for us to remind you about…

THIS WEEK’S RIDES

SATURDAY
8.30am: The Parkride. Richmond Park, roundabout by Sheen Gate. Four laps split into fast, intermediate and steady groups.

SUNDAY
8am: Kingston Gate, Richmond Park. Non-stop ride through Surrey Hills.

9am: Hampton Court bridge, south side, Surrey Hills ride. Fifty-ish miles at a steady pace. Stop at Box Hill for tea and cake. Bring a pump, inner tubes, drink, and proof of six extra dimensions.

WEDNESDAY
7.30pm: Richmond Gate, Richmond Park. Steady ride to Chertsey, back via Weybridge, 28 miles.

So until next week, Dynamates, goodbye and happy riding.

The DYNAMITE! team.

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